Sunday, May 20, 2018

Deadpool 2, Breaking In, Tully, You Were Never Really Here Reviews

Deadpool 2
Dir. David Leitch

The first Deadpool movie came as a subversive revelation for the superhero genre - from the opening credits it brought a biting, self-referential humor into the mix, with a witty script and hilarious performances that combined the pop culture-obsessed raunchiness of Family Guy with hyper-violent, R-rated action previously unseen in any Marvel movie. Fox took a risk and it paid off big-time, meaning a sequel was inevitable. But while Deadpool 2 has its moments, it fails to recapture that same "lightning-in-a-bottle" punk rock energy as its predecessor.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War, Rampage, Truth or Dare, Chappaquiddick Reviews

Avengers: Infinity War
Dir. Anthony & Joe Russo

NOTE: Minor spoilers ahead, so if you want to know nothing, you may want to skip this review!

The epic crossover movie to end all epic crossover movies, Avengers: Infinity War was inspired by one of the biggest crossover series in comics, 1991's The Infinity Gauntlet. Much like its source material, the film features dozens of Marvel characters, most set up in the preceding 18(!) films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and brings them together to fight the hulking, purple-headed alien conqueror Thanos, who literally wants to kill half of all the beings in the universe in order to save resources (how eco-friendly of him!). He'll have the power to do it if he finds all the infinity stones for his gauntlet, so practically every single Marvel superhero - from Earth-bound characters like Iron Man, to the space-traversing Guardians of the Galaxy - must come together to stop Thanos and his minions from enacting his sinister plan. It's a total comic book story, for better or worse.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Summer 2018 Box Office Predictions

Summer is starting a little early this year - at least when it comes to the annual Summer box office game! This is my sixth year predicting what movies will make the top ten highest-earners, and it never really gets easier. But that unpredictability is what makes it so fun! If you want to play along, read the rules below and leave your predictions in the comments!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

A Quiet Place, Isle of Dogs, Oh Lucy!, The Death of Stalin Reviews

A Quiet Place
Dir. John Krasinski
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Who knew Jim from The Office would deliver what might be the most unique monster movie of 2018? In A Quiet Place, John Krasinski writes, directs, and stars alongside his wife Emily Blunt in this horror film with a great hook: there are alien creatures who hunt using only sound, making it essential for Krasinski, Blunt, and their children to be as silent as possible. The result is a tense, well-executed film that ingeniously uses sound (and the lack thereof) to ratchet up the suspense.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ready Player One, Unsane, Death Wish, Thoroughbreds Reviews

Ready Player One
Dir. Steven Spielberg

So often I hear complaints from people: "Hollywood doesn't make original ideas anymore!" Yet, like flies to a light, these same whiners continually pack in to see the hundredth mindless Marvel, Star Wars, or Harry Potter movie. We're a culture obsessed with nostalgia and the past, and Ready Player One, based on the popular book by Ernest Cline, both celebrates and criticizes this very notion. It's both a blast from the past, a dazzling action flick filled top to bottom with pop culture references rewarding the mindless absorption of decades-worth of movies and video games, but it also argues not to lose sight of our connections in the real world. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Red Sparrow, Annihilation, A Fantastic Woman, The Insult Reviews

Red Sparrow
Dir. Francis Lawrence
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One of the oldest spy movie cliches is the love affair between two secret agents. From classics like Hitchcock's Notorious in 1946 to more modern fare like 2016's Allied, it's a well that's been run pretty dry by this point. But that didn't stop the dynamic Hunger Games duo Francis Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence (no relation) from adding to the pile with Red Sparrow, a thriller based on the book of the same name. In this case it's a Russian and an American spy cautiously eyeing each other in a dull, lifeless game of "can we trust each other?"

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Predicting the 90th Academy Awards [UPDATED]

The Oscars are almost here! The biggest, most glamorous movie awards ceremony is celebrating its 90th anniversary this Sunday (March 4th, 8:00pm EST!), and even though it's way cooler to not care about it, I'm kind of obsessed with Oscar season. While I'm disappointed in some key snubs (The Florida Project deserves much better), I'm glad to see "offbeat" genre movies like Get Out and The Shape of Water making a big splash (literally in the latter case).

This year also marks one of the most diverse Oscars ever - with the 5th-ever female director nominated (Greta Gerwig) and the 5th-ever black director nominated (Jordan Peele, who also made history by also being nominated for Picture and Original Screenplay). There's also the first female ever nominated for cinematography (Mudbound), and the first trans director for the documentary Strong Island.

The Oscars may not be so white anymore, but the real question is who will get the gold? Below are my predictions - leave yours in the comments to play along!

* = I haven't watched it yet

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